10 Times Pokémon Designers Threw Their Hands Up and Said ‘Screw It’

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Saturday is the 20th anniversary of Pokémon, the Nintendo juggernaut franchise. And what a 20 years it’s been! There are more than 700 Pokémon in existence, and with more on the way, it’s tough not to feel like we’ve exhausted our ideas. Latter-day Pokémon often feel like they were created in a George Glass or Keyser Soze–esque improv session. These are the worst-best offenders.

Litwick

This is just a candle. A candle that evolves into a lamp, which then evolves into a chandelier.

Wailord

This is just a whale. It’s name literally contains the syllable “whale.”

Seel

AYFKM. They changed one letter and gave it a horn thing?

Phantump

[massive bong rip] What if … trees were ghosts?

Klefki

[even massive-er bong rip] What if … my keyring were alive?

Skrelp

Skrelp.

Eelektrik

You know a dad made this one.

Vanilluxe

This is just two ice-cream cones. It evolved from one ice-cream cone. Someone was eating ice cream and decided, “AAAAAAAHHH, screw it. Ice-cream monster.”

Cottonee

A tuft of cottonee with a face??

Trubbish

Trash-bag Pokémon. What else is there to say? Literal trash.

10 Times Pokémon Designers Said ‘Screw It’